Cybersecurity

The Front Lines of Government Cybersecurity Defense

COMMENTARY | States and localities should ensure their employees are following four foundational pillars of cybersecurity to help prevent attacks.

Survey: 93% of Americans Fear Cyberwarfare Against US

A consumer survey suggests citizens are taking some steps to prepare for possible cyberattacks.

EV Infrastructure Vulnerabilities Put Cars, the Grid at Risk

Hackers that target electric vehicle infrastructure can lock drivers out of their vehicles, steal payment information and even compromise electrical grids.

Ransomware Attacks on Governments More Frequent, Damaging and Costly

Attackers targeting states and localities demanded the lowest ransom payments of any sector surveyed, but victims were more likely to pay, according to a recent report.

Cybersecurity Agency Points to Water Sector in Seeking $80M More for FEMA Grants

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and FEMA are rolling out the first of $1 billion the Homeland Security agencies got to help state and local entities improve cybersecurity.

Practice Makes Perfect When It Comes To Recovering From a Cyberattack

And it’s not if an agency gets attacked, it’s when, according to one state official.

Mobile Driver's Licenses, Digital Credentials Can Protect Against Identity Theft

Standards for mobile licenses and credentials top the wish list of trade groups looking to steer the Biden administration’s action on combating identity theft and fraud.

North Carolina First State to Prohibit Agencies From Paying Ransoms

State and local government agencies in North Carolina may not submit payments to—or even communicate with—someone who has encrypted their IT systems. Other states are considering similar legislation.

Compromised Email Behind Fake Emergency Data Requests

Emails that look like they’re coming from law enforcement agencies have mobile providers, ISPs and social media companies turning sensitive data over to hackers.

States Unclear About What Constitutes ‘Reasonable’ Cybersecurity

Confusion about cyber insurance, incident response, multifactor authentication and cyber hygiene training is widening a gap between acknowledging risk and managing it, a recent report says.

Ransomware Getting Ahead of State and Local Governments, Survey Finds

While respondents acknowledge the growing threat from ransomware, most are unprepared to prevent it or respond to it.

Ukraine War Puts US Cities, States on Cyber Alert

Local governments are seeing more phishing probes from Russia and Eastern Europe.

Governments Confront Rising Cyber Insurance Rates

Even those meeting more stringent qualifications are finding that affordable insurance cannot provide enough protection against cybersecurity risk.

Schools Would Receive Funding for Cyber Education Programs Under Bipartisan Bill

The proposed Cybersecurity Grants For Schools Act establishes mandated federal grants to schools to promote cybersecurity education. 

Governors Tighten IT Cybersecurity Amid Ukraine Attacks

A number of governors are calling on their states' IT departments to ensure critical infrastructure is protected.

Local Leaders 'Cannot Hide From Technology'

The National Association of Counties is launching a new effort to help public sector officials better understand technology so they can make informed decisions about cybersecurity and IT budgeting and staffing.

Biden: ‘Prepared to Respond’ if Russia Pursues Cyberattacks Against US

The White House also announced sanctions that will limit Russia’s access to cutting-edge technologies.

Democratic Senators Call for $5B in Federal Funds for Election Security

The money would go to cities and counties to modernize outdated equipment and upgrade cybersecurity.

Think Twice Before Scanning That QR Code

“Cybercriminals always look for disruption to cause disruption.”

Cybersecurity Primer for Local Leaders

The Center for Technology in Government has created a basic, no-nonsense guide to help governments identify, respond to and recover from security breaches.